LINCOLN — Nebraska players Ernest Suttles and Thomas Brown were dismissed from the Husker football program Thursday, six days after a fight involving teammates broke out at a house party in Lincoln.
Lincoln Police cited and released Suttles Wednesday on suspicion of third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, in connection with a June 21 altercation at a residence in the 7200 block of Dorchester Court in Lincoln. Suttles used a bottle to strike sophomore linebacker David Santos in the head, causing a cut to his forehead, according to the police report.
Two unidentified people started fighting at the party between 11 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., before Suttles and Santos became involved in that same altercation, according to the report.
No other criminal citation has been issued for Brown, who was not included in the report, according to Lincoln Police Capt. Danny Reitan.
Santos did seek medical attention at a local hospital, Reitan said. Health care providers are required by law to report violent crimes, he said.
The altercation was referred to as an “incident involving student-athletes” in a Thursday press release made available by Chris Anderson, Nebraska's director of athletic community relations. Anderson declined Thursday night to elaborate further.
Brown, a redshirt freshman, was expected to contend for a starting job this fall at strongside linebacker. The Gardena, Calif., product nearly played as a true freshman in 2012, but an injury forced him to redshirt.
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Suttles, a true freshman defensive end, was one of six defensive line recruits in the 2013 class. He recorded 31 tackles for loss, had 12 sacks and forced four fumbles during his senior year at Gaither (Fla.) High School.
Brown and Suttles will not be allowed back on the team, coach Bo Pelini said in a phone interview Thursday.
When reached Thursday, Suttles declined to comment. Brown was unavailable for comment.
The full statement issued by Nebraska's athletic department Thursday reads as follows: “We are aware of an incident involving student-athletes which occurred off campus over the weekend. We are working with the University's Dean of Students in gathering further details. We will continue to review the incident. Further, head football coach Bo Pelini has announced that Ernest Suttles and Thomas Brown are no longer members of the football program.”
According to university policy, an investigator appointed by the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs has 20 days to determine if a violation of the student code of conduct occurred.
Depending on the result of that inquiry, a formal disciplinary proceeding before a university judicial board could follow to determine potential punishment — ranging from a written warning, to probation, to suspension, to expulsion.